New Visions and Fresh Starts in Watts and South Los Angeles

In recent weeks there have been numerous articles on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States Military in Hiroshima. There have been an equal number of, if not more, articles about the 50th...

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Claiming Freedom: From Writers Week to #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

This week L.A. Letters reports from three major readings in Southern California devoted to educational equality, uplifting the community and social justice.
Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene

This week L.A. Letters spotlights a two-tiered project that includes both a book and documentary.
Preserving and Honoring Literary Los Angeles

Preserving and Honoring Literary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters meditates on the preservation of sites across Literary Los Angeles and why much more of it is needed.
Remembering Michele Serros

Remembering Michele Serros

This week L.A. Letters remembers the legacy of the celebrated Chicana writer/poet, and shares memories of her work from many of her admirers.
Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte

Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte

This week L.A. Letters examines the vibrant landscape along Garvey Avenue from Alhambra to El Monte, passing through Monterey Park, Rosemead and South El Monte.
L.A. Letters Year in Review, 2014

L.A. Letters Year in Review, 2014

This week L.A. Letters reviews many of the key developments of 2014 and also looks ahead at emerging trends for 2015.
L.A. Letters Books of 2014: Part 2

L.A. Letters Books of 2014: Part 2

Following last week's list, this week L.A. Letters spotlights 10 more books, plus a poetic recording by one of L.A.'s most enduring poets.
L.A. Letters Books of 2014: Part 1

L.A. Letters Books of 2014: Part 1

This week L.A. Letters spotlights 10 standout books that epitomize the zeitgeist on the West Coast in 2014. Most of them deal directly with Los Angeles in one way or another, but t ...
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